What is the course about?
In this class explore an expressive movement synthesis that draws from the philosophical teachings and practices of dance from the African Diaspora and Western Contemporary, influenced by Somatic practice in a more challenging and dynamic manner. This is an engaging class that is underpinned by great music, which engages mind and body in a creative discourse of rhythm, movement and dance. The class will take you through a landscape of dance that will enrich your spirit, introducing you to a graceful and exciting way of expressing your artistic self moving from within.
This class is more physically demanding than that of the beginners class and has a greater focus on developing technique. The course is very much underpinned by Somatics practice, which is a field within bodywork and movement practice, which places focus on deepening one’s awareness of the body and the processes going on within through engaging with internal physical perception. and experience.
You will learn how to undulate your spine, strengthen your back, limbs and core to lengthen your body, and extend your capabilities. A fun and fluid introduction to working with African dance forms from a contemporary perspective where the focus is placed on exploring the dynamic interplay between rhythm, movement, breath and the imagination.
What will we cover?
You will learn how to develop your ability to express yourself from your physical body working from within. The course will give students a basic physical understanding of the blending of dance cultures placing focus on: alignment, placement, posture, expression, spatial awareness, musicality, expressing dynamic movement qualities, sensitivity in relation to rhythm and beat, phrasing and stylistic features. Students will learn how to express their physicality in a dynamic fashion learning fundamentals such as turns, undulation, co-ordination, isolation, balance, flexibility using body conditioning and strengthening exercises.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Gain a deeper understanding of the technique and style through greater awareness of the similarities and differences between the forms.
• Apply physical and interpretative skills in your dance
• Learn great choreography and improved performance quality of execution
• Learn how to improve movement and pick-up memory
• Develop a stronger core and improved posture, to express more of a dynamic quality in your dance.
• Recognise how to work with music in a more constructive and embodied manner to fully engage mind and body so as to enrich one’s physical experience and expression
• Deepen your awareness of the association between rhythm and movement
• Perform and execute dynamic dance sequence and steps that will reflect your engagement and embodiment of dance cultures in a synthesised fashion.
• Develop your co-ordination skills, flexibility, strength and stamina as well as develop your use of weight, breath and stamina.
• Reproduce more complex sequences and movements.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The class is pitched at improvers level for those who want to develop their technique and skill, or would like to be challenged in a more physically demanding way. The skills needed are co-ordination and basic fitness, equally these skills will develop further throughout the course.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Follow spoken instructions
• Use numbers to recognise rhythms within dance.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught within a guided learning group environment, through a variety of studio based activities, demonstrations, explorations and reflective processes. Students will receive feedback on a regular basis of their progress during the course through sharing’s, and reflective processes. The learning strategy is very much grounded within the framework of reflective learning, where individuals are encouraged to take ownership for their development under the guidance of the course tutor. The course has a physical approach and is structured to help students take that step out of their comfort zone and into the unknown, through an experiential journey of exploration to allow discovery to take place.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please wear clothing that does not restrict your movement and allows you to adapt to changes in your body temperature. Bare feet or anti-grip socks should be used except in exceptional cases to be discussed with the teacher. We recommend a dance belt be worn by men and all students to tie their hair back if it is long for their own safety and comfort. Please remove jewellery for both comfort and health and safety.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Continue in this class or speak to the teacher for guidance on what to do next. You may want to try Ballet, Contemporary (Release based), Jazz or Street dance classes. For further advice and guidance, contact the Drama, Dance and Speech department on 020 7492 2545.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details